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    color to music relation

    Hello everyone.

    I'd like to discuss and ask few questions on light-sound relation in art.
    I already asked some of them here, but this section seems more open and free for discussion.

    So, as you may know, sound and light are waves, and tone of sound comes from wave frequency. So if we take light as waves and compare it's frequency to sound, there is about one octave of waves that human percepts with eyes.

    Colors inside Fletcher's palette are white piano keys, and outside are black piano keys.
    The author says it's wrong to bind notes to particular colors, but ok to use colors in octave correlation.

    In the following source green is marked as "C" note
    http://www.lunarplanner.com/Harmonic...harmonics.html

    Can we rotate palette and make a red color as "G" major, or forget about green mark and count it as "C"? (sorry if wrong I'm not musician)

    Is it right to use rotated palette with not red as major? Does non-spectral magenta, black, gray and white require any special care?
    Should we use palette as wheel or just one octave?
    How do we get white light, is it interference of multiple waves ?
    And if there are musicians around here, please share what you know of possibilities inside one octave.

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    There is no direct, universal correspondence between color and music. Any system that seeks to establish one is either arbitrary, mystical, or both. Value schemes are often refereed to in terms of major and minor keys (high and low contrast), but this is a metaphor. Some people with synesthesia do experience a relationship between certain sounds and colors, but there is no consistency between individuals as to exactly what the correspondences are.


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    There is no direct, universal correspondence between color and music. Any system that seeks to establish one is either arbitrary, mystical, or both. Value schemes are often refereed to in terms of major and minor keys (high and low contrast), but this is a metaphor. Some people with synesthesia do experience a relationship between certain sounds and colors, but there is no consistency between individuals as to exactly what the correspondences are.
    But what if we don't count in perception difference, and compare them by wavelength ? Isn't frequency one of the universal correspondences ?

    Synesthesia seems to be brain stimulation issue, interesting but can't bind it to anything so far. Will read it through, thanks for info.

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    I always find great inspiration in music. Normaly the ones thats instrumental works better for me then the one where there is singing.
    Been trying to find a way to combine the two, as most of what i do is so entwined in my head when im working on it.
    I dont know if 1 tone = 1 colour. Its more 1 set of tones, or combination/sequence = state of mind = colour for me at lest.
    So i would love to see / hear what you're comming up with.

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    There are no "universal correspondences" between the way the brain processes sound and vision. They are two totally separate sensory systems.


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    Nocebo, thanks for your interest.
    Music and inspiration are connected to how the brain works and its hemispheres.
    Left hemisphere works with predefined symbols, part of which are words, right works with unstructured information and sometimes is related to creativity.
    Music overwhelms the left side cause it can't relate music to any symbol, and gives control to right side which binds anything to anything.
    Music has rhythm and dynamics, which drive artist in to describe what he hears, in other words magic.
    Still left side is pretty cool too, if person has rich life experience and can see beyond symbols.

    Yeah, I get what you mean Elwell. Just don't have info to convince myself, perhaps I'd think same way later, but not clever enough to believe it right now.

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